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AF/KLM pilots reach new agreement

AF/KLM pilots reach new agreement

AIR FRANCE has signed a new agreement with pilots’ union SNPL, which represents 75.9 per cent of the votes, the Franco-Dutch airline reveals.

The agreement remains open for signature until February 22, 2019, says an official corporate statement.

Its key provisions included a general pay increase of two per cent last year, and a general pay increase of two per cent from January 1 this year, writes Thelma Etim.

Benjamin Smith, chief executive of Air France/KLM, thanked the pilots for approving the deal.“It forms the basis of a strong culture that acknowledges their leadership,” he asserts.

“After the Mandatory Annual Negotiation (NAO) agreements already signed with all our stakeholders, Air France-KLM is now in a position to begin implementing more ambitious plans and winning back its European leadership position.”

Air France/KLM is among a number of legacy cargo carriers, including Cargolux, which has been managing pay and conditions turbulence with its flight-deck staff.

Last April, Air France was forced to cancel hundreds of its flights on the fifth day of pay strikes by pilots, cabin crew and ground staff, in an industrial action which reportedly cost the airline some US$385 million.

Smith, appointed at CEO on September 17, 2018, has also presented his future plans for the European airline group, which includes creating a new Group CEO Committee to determine the strategic direction for all Group airlines and business units, as well as reinforcing the company’s position at it two hubs at Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

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